So now that I have set the stage, I will continue with my story.
I came into our subdivsion about 8:00pm and noticed what I thought was a kid sitting on the curb with a phone in his hand and an ear piece for music or bluetooth. I assumed he was waiting for his friends to come outside. As I got closer, I thought he seemed a little older than the kids who live in the house near where he was sitting and now think he is probably a twenty something male and immediately wonder what he is doing. I will also point out he was African-American. I turn onto my street and head into the house.
A few minutes later, I come out to work in the flower bed and Sous Chef is out riding his bike. We live in a culdesac. After being outside for about a 1/2 hour, I now notice this young adult is sitting on the corner of our culdesac. I went about my business and eventually went inside. A few minutes later, I notice he is still sitting there.
I called my neighbor to see if she knew who he was because I didn't. She didn't but said she saw him in the same location I first saw him when she was out walking at 5:00. It was now about 8:45 and he is still lingering around our section of the neighborhood and I can see him from my house.
My neighbor and I discussed a variety of "possibilities" of why this young man could be in our neighborhood including:
- He had a cell phone, but maybe he called someone for a ride because he is stranded in our neighborhood for whatever reason and they said they would pick him up but they never showed up OR he had no one who could pick him up.
- He was totally lost and didn't know what to do.
- He was taking a lot of time to take a rest.
- He was up to no good.
The cops came, chatted with him and apparently offered him a ride somewhere because he got in the front seat of the cop car and they left. I still have no idea who he is or why he was here. I hope it was #1 and he just needed some help.
So how would you have handled this?